It gets worse before it gets better. This also applies to the traffic situation with the MRT 7 construction along Quirino Highway and most of Commonwealth Avenue is underway. Expected to be finished by 2020, the 22-kilometer elevated railway will have 14 stations from North EDSA (connecting to MRT 3) to San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan.
The Metro Rail project also covers the development of an integrated transportation system, which includes the said railway system, a 22-km highway from the NLEX Bocaue interchange, and an intermodal transport terminal (ITT) adjacent to the San Jose del Monte Station. Commuters can take public utility vehicles (PUVs) or private cars and use the new highway from NLEX, alight at the ITT, and board the MRT-7 going to North Avenue, Quezon City.
MRT line 7 contract signed in 2008 was delayed by the change of government leaders, financial requirements and a controversy over whether the common station should be built at SM North Edsa or at TriNoma, also on EDSA. This project had been delayed for several years until 2016 during the term of PNOY when this was finalized.
Travel time from North Edsa to San Jose del Monte would be reduced to 30 minutes from the current two hours or more with the completion of MRT 7.
MRT line 7 is expected to have an initial daily capacity of 500,000 to 550,000 passengers. It will be able to carry 28,000 passengers per hour on each direction during peak hours. SMC Mass Rail Transit 7 aims to ultimately have 850,000 to 870,000 passengers daily. This would also minimized the volume of buses, jeeps and public transportation within the area. The emission of harmful particulates in the atmosphere would be significantly reduce.
MRT line 7 will have stations at Quezon-North Avenue, Quezon Memorial Circle, University Avenue, Tandang Sora, Don Antonio, Batasan, Manggahan, Doña Carmen, Regalado, Mindanao Avenue, Quirino, Sacred Heart, Tala and San Jose del Monte.
During the construction phase, commuter worries about the long traffic hours spend travelling from North Edsa to Fairview and San Jose del Monte, Bulacan.
Some of the major roads like Regalado avenue is a one way traffic. Commuters traversing Quirino Highway from Novaliches to Fairview ,San Jose Jose del Monte to Norzagaray, Bulacan always suffer through heavy traffic due to the heavy volume of vehicles and repairs.
Some businesses, stores and thrift shops along Regalado Avenue even at Lagro Subdivision have slowed down due to the construction. Food parks that have sprung -up during the past years have also reported slump in their respective sales and clients.
There is an expected increase economic activities within the area. Araneta Properties is developing a 340-hectare property in Bulacan called Colinas Verdas in joint venture partnership with Sta. Lucia Inc.
Existing malls like SM, Fairview Terraces and Robinson’s Mall in Fairview area will enjoy more people visiting them due to the building of more condominiums and townhouses.
ABS-CBN Channel 2 also has big plans for building high tech studios at their San Jose del Monte, Bulacan property. However this has not yet materialized.
Ayala Land also teamed up with several developers for the development of their 120-hectare Altarazza Town Center, also in Bulacan.
Ayala Land earlier said it would spend P6.8 billion over the next five years to develop Altarazza, a mixed-use development with a residential component, a shopping mall, a hospital, a school and office buildings for business process outsourcing companies.
The land value of properties in Bulacan have significantly increased over the past few years as property developers like Ayala Land, SM Prime Holdings Inc. and Vista Land & Lifescapes Inc. started developing malls and residential projects in the province.
Expect property and land value to increase in the northern part of Metro Manila, specifically at San Jose del Monte City and Norzagaray in Bulacan province in coming years.
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